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Fern Hollow Bridge (1901)

Photo 

Published prior to 1923

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BH Photo #373087

Facts 

Overview
Lost steel arch bridge over Fern Hollow Creek on Forbes Avenue
Location
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1901; Replaced 1973
Builder
- Schultz Bridge & Iron Works of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
Design
Steel arch
Dimensions
Deck width: 36.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.43944, -79.90017   (decimal degrees)
40°26'22" N, 79°54'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/593277/4477112 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pittsburgh East
Inventory number
BH 74797 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 28, 2022: Updated by Brian Powell: Renaming to differentiate from 1970 bridge
  • December 16, 2016: Updated by Dave King: Added category "Schultz Bridge & Iron Works" & date built
  • December 15, 2016: Added by Dave King

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Comments 

Fern Hollow Bridge (1901)
Posted January 29, 2022, by Luke

This bridge hasn't existed since 1973.

Fern Hollow Bridge
Posted January 29, 2022, by Jenn s (Stover [dot] jennifer08 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has collapsed this morning with no current indication of the cause. No fatalities were reported though persons on the bridge during the collapse have been sent to area hospitals for minor injuries. Some were rescued from the collapse by rope. The bridge collapse severed a gas line, causing locals in the immediate area to be evacuated.

Fern Hollow Bridge
Posted January 28, 2022, by HOLLY L PRICE (tjcastle1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge the collapsed today was a rebuild. This bridge was built in 1973.

The other bridge that proceeded it was torn down in 1972. There was an accident on the bridge that was being torn down on May 12, 1972. Close to the end of the workday one of the ironworkers was not tied off and he fell 75 foot off of the bridge into the pile of steel below. It took them a few hours to find him but they eventually did from the blood trail that was dripping.

Fern Hollow Bridge
Posted January 28, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The existing bridge that collapsed was a modern, non-historic steel rigid-frame bridge built in 1970, owned by the city. Am trying to determine if it was painted or weathering steel. Like the I-35W Bridge Collapse, it may be evidence of the poor construction and engineering effort of bridges built after World War II. I continue to strongly believe that older historic bridges like the Charles Anderson Bridge, currently at risk for demolition, are of VASTLY SUPERIOR construction and should always be rehabilitated rather than demolished and replaced. The Charles Anderson Bridge is older than this bridge, hasn't been maintained very well, yet is still standing and indeed in better condition than this 2018 photo circulating on Twitter shows for Forbes Avenue Bridge.

Fern Hollow Bridge
Posted January 28, 2022, by Jenn s (Stover [dot] jennifer08 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has collapsed this morning with no current indication of the cause. No fatalities were reported though persons on the bridge during the collapse have been sent to area hospitals for minor injuries. Some were rescued from the collapse by rope. The bridge collapse severed a gas line, causing locals in the immediate area to be evacuated.

Fern Hollow Bridge
Posted January 28, 2022, by Paul Plassman
Fern Hollow Bridge
Posted January 28, 2022, by Robert Bressler (rebressler [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Bridge just Collapsed